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Billy Boyle

by James R. Benn

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Billy Boyle is a Boston cop, recently promoted to detective. But he’s also eligible for the World War II draft. Using family connections to no less a personage than Dwight D. Eisenhower, he finds himself a newly commissioned second lieutenant, headed to England and assigned to Uncle Ike. When he arrives, his welcome is less than warm – everyone there believes Billy’s assignment is nepotism pure and simple and that this crude American is going to be nothing but trouble.

Billy’s assignment, as it turns out, is to find a spy in the ranks at Beardsley Hall, where the Norwegian government in exile is centered. But almost before Billy can unpack, there’s a murder of one of the Norwegian higher-ups and Billy finds himself even more in his element. But he’s afraid to tell Uncle Ike, or anyone else, the truth about his police experience. Although he was technically a detective, his involvement in murder investigations was little more than crowd control. Still, with his dad and uncle higher up in the Boston PD, he learned lessons along the way, lessons he’ll have to use in life-and-death work.

Our hero finds himself partnered with a polish Baron, “Kaz,” who has a heart condition … and a glamorous driver Daphne, who has an older sister Diana whom Billy falls hard for. Billy, Daphne and Kaz pull together, not knowing the perils that lie ahead and the dangers they will face.

This is the first book in the series … I can’t wait to locate and read the rest! ( )
  NewsieQ | Jul 14, 2014 |
Billy is a Boston detective, enlisted in the army and stationed with his uncle "Ike," yes the Ike. Ike wants to use his abilities as a detective to investigate nefarious goings-on and to make sure that corruption is held to a minimum. Problem is that Billy's relatives, good Irish cops, pulled some strings to get him attached to Ike's entourage so as to avoid the front and Billy doesn't have much experience as a detective, having only been appointed to the detective squad. No matter, he gamely takes on, at Ike's request, to investigate whether a spy has infiltrated the Norwegian government-in-exile and finds himself presented with a locked room mystery. An aide to the King ostensibly jumped out of a window after leaving a suicide note apologizing for having stolen some Norwegian gold. Just one hitch: the door was locked from the inside, but there was no key in the room that could have locked the door.

No need to go into more detail and ruin the story. If you enjoy self-deprecating detectives in an interesting and unusual setting, you will enjoy this novel. It certainly held my interest. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Ok. Not great. This doesn't even really read as a mystery. Not the way I think of mysteries. ( )
  lesmel | May 21, 2013 |
A rookie Boston policeman goes into the Army in WWII and because his mother is related to Mamie Eisenhower he is assigned to the General's staff. Ike soon has him investigating security breaches and he feels he's over his head, but does triumph in the end. First in a series, I'm eager to read the second. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
London, WWII

Billy is a Boston cop, from a family of cops. Then the war picks up, and he's at the top of the draft list. His mother calls up her cousin who's married to some army guy, name of Ike? Billy heads to Officer Training School and then is looking forward to a cushy desk job stateside. Instead, he's sent to the US headquarters in London, right in the middle of the Blitz. And he gets handed an investigation into espionage and murder.

Really liked this one. Billy is an unusual protagonist, with a working class Irish perspective, but thrust into a totally unfamiliar environment. It made for a good story. ( )
  cmbohn | Jan 21, 2013 |
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I know a hall whose doors face North on the Strand of Corpses far from the sun, poison drips from lights in the roof;  that building is woven of backs of snakes.  There heavy streams must be waded through by breakers of pledges and murderers. - The Edda:  The Deluding of Gylfi (Norse Mythology, 13th century A.D.)
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For Debbie--Once a dream, come true.
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Prologue:  I typed the date under my name: Lieutenant William Boyle, August 6, 1942.
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Operation Jupiter, the impending invasion of Norway, is being planned. Billy Boyle is to catch a spy amongst the Norwegians. He doubts his own abilities, and a theft and two murders further test his investigative powers. But to his own surprise, Billy proves to be a better detective than anyone suspected.… (more)

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